16-Year-Old Venezuelan Baseball Player, Becomes Highest-Paid Rookie

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Ethan Salas
Just like Salas, the younger brother of Marlins prospect José Salas, in the signings announced this Sunday

Ethan Salas, 16, signed a $5.6 million contract with the San Diego Padres on Sunday, the opening day of Major League Baseball’s signing period, becoming the highest-paid international signing bonus.

16-Year-Old Ethan Salas Becomes Highest-Paid Rookie in Major League Baseball

Since 2019, the Dominican Jackson Dominguez held the record with a $5.1 million contract with the New York Yankees.

This transaction makes Salas the highest international signing bonus, as since 2019 Dominican Jackson Dominguez has been leading with a $5.1 million contract with the New York Yankees.

Salas was followed by Dominican shortstop Felnin Celesten, who was given a signing bonus of $4.7 million by the Seattle Mariners. Celesten is shaping up as a “five-tool” player: batting average, power hitting, speed, defense and arm strength.

The New York Yankees promised $4.4 million to the Cuban outfielder Brandon Mayea, who can play all three outfield positions. The Dominican outfielder Emmanuel Bonilla signed with the Toronto Blue Jays for $4.1 million. And his compatriot in the same position Brailer Guerrero agreed with the Tampa Bay Rays for $3.7 million.

The Philadelphia Phillies acquired Dominican shortstop Jesús Caba, who will receive a $3 million bonus.

MLB International Teams Market Kicks Off with First Day of Movement

On this first day of movement in the MLB international teams market, other significant investments were made in Dominican, Venezuelan and Cuban sluggers. Rayner Arias was linked to the San Francisco Giants for $2.8 million, Derniche Valdez to the Cubs ($2.7 million) and Robert Calaz to the Rockies ($2.5 million), as well as Cuban Ariel Castro to the Twins ($2.5 million).

Other Dominican players signed were:

  • Luis Almeyda to the Orioles in exchange for $2.3 million;
  • Camilo Díaz to the Astros ($2.5 million);
  • As well as Venezuelan Ludwig Espinoza to the Cubs ($1.5 million).
  • Dominican Gian Zapata with the D-Backs for a bonus of 1.5 million dollars
  • With the same amount, Venezuelan Yophery Rodriguez signed with the Brewers and Cristopher Larez with the Mets.

Just like Salas, the younger brother of Marlins prospect José Salas, in the signings announced this Sunday, relatives of other Major League players or former players also participated.

The son of Major League Baseball Hall of Fame member Vladimir Guerrero and brother of Toronto Blue Jays star Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Pablo Guerrero, signed with the Rangers for a $100,000 signing bonus plus a $50,000 scholarship.

Elian Soto, younger brother of Juan Soto, signed with Washington for a $225,000 signing bonus plus a $200,000 scholarship.